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Golf – Matsuyama, Schneiderjans,Berger among new commitments to Wyndham Championship

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – World No. 16 Hideki Matsuyama, 2017 runner-up Ollie Schneiderjans, Daniel Berger, Brendan Steele, Peter Uihlein and U.S. Amateur champion Doc Redman are late commitments to the Wyndham Championship field, the tournament announced today. The 79th annual Wyndham Championship is next week at Sedgefield Country Club.

Matsuyama, Schneiderjans, Berger, Steele, Uihlein and Redman join 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, 2017 Masters champion and 2012 Wyndham winner Sergio Garcia, defending champion and 2013 FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson, 2018 PLAYERS Championship and 2011 Wyndham winner Webb Simpson, 2007 Wyndham winner and 2012 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker, 2009 Wyndham winner Ryan Moore, 2016 winner and 2017 PLAYERS Champion Si Woo Kim, 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk, World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, Spanish star Rafa Cabrera Bello, 2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas, three-time champion Davis Love III, Raleigh’s Chesson Hadley, Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, PGA TOUR veteran Steve Stricker, East Carolina University alumnus Harold Varner III, 19-year-old phenoms Joaquin Niemann and Norman Xiong, Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas, Japanese golfer Satoshi Kodaira and Major winners Padraig Harrington, Jason Dufner, Graeme McDowell and Stewart Cink as well as 2008 champion Carl Pettersson in the Wyndham Championship field.

Matsuyama will make his fifth Wyndham Championship appearance next week; he did not play last year but played the four previous tournaments. He finished tied for third in 2016 and finished 15th in 2013. Matsuyama is a five-time PGA TOUR winner with eight international victories to his credit; he finished eighth in the 2017 final FedExCup point standings. His best PGA TOUR finishes this year are tied for fourth at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and tied for fifth at the CIMB Classic. He played for the International Team in the Presidents Cup Matches in 2013, ’15 and ’17. A native and resident of Japan, Matsuyama is 16th in the Official Golf World Rankings and 87th in the current FedExCup point standings; one year ago, he climbed to No. 2 in the world.

Berger is a two-time PGA TOUR winner taking the FedEx St. Jude’s Classic in both 2016 and ’17; his best finish this season is tied for sixth at the U.S. Open. The Florida State University alumnus is a Florida native and resident who turned professional in 2013 and joined the PGA TOUR in 2015. He is 95th in the FedExCup point standings and 43rd in the Official World Golf Rankings and will make his second Wyndham Championship start.

Steele is a three-time PGA TOUR winner who won the Safeway Open in 2017 and ’18. In addition to his win this season, the California native and resident finished tied for third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and tied for 10th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He turned professional in 2005 and joined the PGA TOUR in 2011. Steele is 33rd in the current FedExCup point standings and 60th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He will make his third Wyndham Championship start next week; he finished tied for 11th in 2013.

Schneiderjans was the 2017 Wyndham Championship runner up finishing one stroke behind champion Henrik Stenson. Schneiderjans nearly holed his approach shot for eagle on the 72nd hole to tie Stenson, but the ball rolled just past the cup relegating the Georgia Tech alumnus to a runner-up finish. Next week’s Wyndham Championship will be Schneiderjans’ third appearance. He is 79th in the current FedExCup point standings and 104th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Uihlein is the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion. He won the AJGA Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T in 2007 before attending Oklahoma State University. He played the European Challenge Tour in 2012 and moved up to the European Tour the next year where he won the Madeira Islands Open and was named the 2013 Rookie of the Year; he finished 14th in the season-long Race to Dubai.

Uihlein made seven PGA TOUR starts in 2017 and recorded three top-25 finishes. He later returned to the states to compete in the Web.com Tour Finals and won in the first Finals event. He was third in the final priority-ranking order and secured his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-18 season with a first-place finish on the 2017 Web.com Tour Finals money list. He is currently 74th in the FedExCup Point standings and 59th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He will make his first Wyndham Championship start next week.

Redman won the U.S. Amateur in Los Angeles last August with an incredible come-from-behind victory over Doug Ghim who also accepted a sponsor’s exemption into the Wyndham Championship. Redman left Clemson University after two seasons and turned professional earlier this year. Both Redman (2015) and Ghim (2012, ’13) are alumni of the AJGA Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T.

“This week was a good one for us at the PGA Championship,” tournament director Mark Brazil said. “Adding Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Hideki Matsuyama plus some other great players gives us an excellent field for next week. We already had what I would consider a fairly strong field, but this week certainly took us over the top. I’m happy that we were able to get some up and coming young players in the field – especially last year’s runner-up Ollie Schneiderjans and U.S. Amateur champion and North Carolina native Doc Redman. This will be Peter Uilein’s first Wyndham Championship; he won our AJGA event back in 2007, and it’s always great when one of our former AJGA champions plays the Wyndham Championship – he’s an extremely talented player who is ready to break out on the PGA TOUR.”

The Wyndham Championship field includes eight former champions: Henrik Stenson (2017), Si Woo Kim (2016), Davis Love III (1992, 2006, 2015), Sergio Garcia (2012), Webb Simpson (2011), Ryan Moore (2009), Carl Pettersson (2008) and Brandt Snedeker (2007). Also in the field are five FedExCup champions: Billy Horschel (2014), Henrik Stenson (2013), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Bill Haas (2011) and Jim Furyk (2010). The final field for the 2018 Wyndham Championship is below:

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